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Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall, ninety-nine bottles of beer.
Take one down, pass it around, ninety-eight bottles of beer on the wall.

There will actually be far more bottles than that to pass round this week. The Great British Beer Festival is almost here, and with ten brewery bars, and hundreds of traders, there will be no lack of choice. Go for your old time favourite or be adventurous and try something new.

En are 10 " id="ccblink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Entry to London Olympia is 10 and you can attend from noon on the 13th August until 7pm on the 17th August. Although only persons over 18 can join in the festival, if you need to take the kids with you, there is a family room where they can be supervised during the event.

There will be cider, ale, and foreign beers to wet your whistle, and if they don't touch the sides, then go for some British brewers such as Fullers or Green King. You can also book a tutored tasting for 18. For example, Roger Protz will select six European beers for you to sample from his book 300 More Beers to Try Before You Die (hopefully not all in one sitting, or you really might die).

We all know that peanuts and beer go hand in hand, but how about pistachios? Try a variety of beers and seasoned pistachios to see what works best together.

It is never a good idea to drink without consuming any solids, so aside from the nuts, there are also dozens of food stalls, cafes, and restaurants. These include Dill's Burgers, Proper Cornish Pasties, Olive & Things, The Crusty Pie Company, and M&B Restaurant.

There will be lots of free musical entertainment on the main stage. Enjoy your pint as you listen to the Chaminade String Quartet, Ferocious Dog, Fret & Fiddle, Alvin Stardust, and more.

If you fancy your luck, you can also enter one of the many competitions being held. For the Postcard competition, all you have to do is print off the provided postcard, take a picture of yourself with it, and email your entry to before the 17th August. Test your beer knowledge by answering the Question of the Week and you could win free tickets. Also look out for posters advertising the festival. If you find one, snap a picture and email it to to win a t-shirt.

Have a beerliant time.
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When: 13th-17th Aug
Phone: 0844 412 4640
Where: London Olympia
Cost: 10 entry
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